To highlight the issue, the local executive directors of several Japanese companies sent letters to Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao.
"As a representative of a company based in Japan," wrote Jim Lentz, CEO of Toyota Motor North America, "I can tell you that the influx of Japanese companies … has generated a booming demand for the DFW-Tokyo service."
American and DFW only have one route to Haneda, but it is still an achievement, and the last milestone in a long history of change.
When the terrorists attacked on September 11, DFW was building Terminal D for international travel and installed Skylink. Local leaders decided to continue with the $ 2.7 billion program, betting that air travel will recover soon.
But many setbacks followed, including airline bankruptcies, recessions and a financial crisis. DFW Airport ended 2010 with fewer international passengers than when Terminal D opened its doors five years earlier.
Then the local economy roared again, American Airlines restructured and merged with US Airways, and the international terminal became a catalyst for growth.
In 2004, before Terminal D was opened, DFW travelers could fly to 33 international destinations. Today, there are 63 locations, including Haneda. Since 2009, international passengers have increased by 70 percent, more than twice the growth rate for all traffic in DFW.
The debt burden of the airport has steadily increased, partly because it recently renewed three terminals, an investment of $ 2 billion. That load has been offset by the growth of traffic and the charge of $ 4.50 per installation that customers pay on each flight that leaves.